rehearsal #9 on October 21
Following the warmup George was allocated a block of time including a few extra minutes to review and/or work on his two selections #3 and #12 but he chose to use all his time to work on #3. After that I continued the review portion of the rehearsal by reviewing selections #15 and #2. The first two selections of the focus period were #13 and #7. We then had board announcements and a break before the two Feature tryouts that included "I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas" sung by Christen Barbato and then "When Christmas Comes to Town" a Duet sung by Caitlin Powell and Elizabeth Powell. Then we completed the final two focus selections which were #16 and #9
The focus for the next rehearsal will be 4, 14, 6, & 11.
This will also include the last of the Feature tryouts by Earle Webster and Leslie Lewis. Peer Judges will need to turn in their tally sheets at the conclusion of the rehearsal or notify the Musical Director if they need more time to asses their notes.
NOTICE; Line solo tryouts will be at the end of the rehearsal on November 4. If you plan to tryout be sure to be adequately prepared.
rehearsal #8 on October 14
After the warmup and review of the prior week's focus selections, we began work on some of this week's focus selections to include #2 & #15 and then there were board announcements followed by a break. After the break we continued with the second round of the Feature tryouts presenting "O, Holy Night" as sung by Fern Ferrer and then "One Bright Star' sung by Mark Cohen. The last Feature tryout of the evening was a Duet by Karen McReynolds and George Boyd singing "Baby It's Cold Outside". Feature tryouts continue through the end of October. The remaining rehearsal time was intended for the two selections #12 & # 3 to be directed by George, however he chose to devote his attention to selection #12 only.
The focus for the next rehearsal will be 13, 7, 15, & 9.
rehearsal #7 on October 7
Rehearsal began with the review of the prior week focus selections after a brief warmup. Then after the break the first of the Feature tryouts were presented including "The Yearning" as sung by Michelle Wheeler and then "O Holy Night' sung by Larry Moyer. The Feature tryouts will continue through the end of October.
The focus for the next rehearsal will be 10, 5, 8, & 1.
rehearsal #6 on September 30
We did a complete review of the entire program. Revealing that some selections are starting to take shape while others still need much work. This was the deadline to sign-up for a Feature tryout.
The focus for the next rehearsal will be 4, 14, 6, & 11.
rehearsal #5 on September 23
Following the review of the prior week's focus selections, as has become the routine, we completed the initial round of focusing on each individual selection on the program with the selections indicated in the Rehearsal #4 note. The one exception is Selection #2 which we will take a look at, at the beginning of the rehearsal next week.
For the next rehearsal we will be reviewing the complete program in concert order. The plan also includes the use of full sound support and the complete accompaniment combo. Notice: the absolute deadline to sign-up for a Feature tryout is by the end of the rehearsal on Monday, September 30. (See Feature Tryout details following)
rehearsal #4 on September 16
Reminder rehearsals begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Arts-Alive 2019 Sunday 9/15 went very. Just prior to the performance Meredyth requested to use the grand piano available there, Many thanks to the volunteers that transported our electric piano and to those who helped Marie carry out her drum equipment to the stage proper from the staging area. Having drums and bass added significantly to the overall performance. I personally was quite pleased with the performance and received many nice comments afterwards from members of the audience including members of other choirs performing there also.
Next week the rehearsal focus will be 11, 6, 14,& 4.
rehearsal #3 on September 9
If you have not yet registered come early (7 PM) to register and pick up your packet of music and then meet and greet fellow choir members. This is the deadline for registering for this season. Actual rehearsal will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Following this regular rehearsal there will be a brief rehearsal in final preparation for Arts-Alive 2019, Important new information about the event; including parking, dressing room, warm-up and other details are to be provided.
Next week the Focus will be 9, 16, 7, and 13.
rehearsal #2 on September 2
This was the second rehearsal of the WCC Christmas 2019 "Still My Joy" concert season. Registration will conclude Monday, September 9.
Review was 4, 14, 6, & 11 and the Focus was 1, 8, 5, & 10. Each Monday the review will always be on the selections in the focus of the previous week.
We worked on individual voice lines for the Focus selections. Some were only partially completed as we got a little bogged down early on with a specific rhythm pattern in #8. Also needed to cut the regular rehearsal short to allow time for the special AA rehearsal to follow,
Next week the focus will be on: 3, 12, 15, & 2.
rehearsal #1 on august 26
This was the first rehearsal of the WCC Christmas 2019 Still My Joy concert season .As is customary for the first rehearsal of the season this was just a read through of the full program as we followed along with the sample recording.
Next week the focus will be on: 1, 8, 5, & 10.
The rehearsals for the WCC Christmas 2019 "Still My Joy" concert season began Monday, August 26, 2019 7:30 pm. The music for this concert season has been finalized. Samples of the music are available now here on the WCC website under the "Songs we're singing" for you to preview and enjoy.
Auditions are not required to join the choir. Please arrive early (7:00 PM) to register for membership and to meet with your friends both old and new. Everyone who wishes to participate including former members must register even if you sang last season. You may take the music home with you after rehearsal if you have registered and paid your membership registration fee otherwise you must turn the music in before you leave when the rehearsal is concluded. Another benefit of paying your registration fee entitles you to receive a free sample recording on a CD of all the concert music we will be singing this season. If you wish to have a copy of the music samples placed on a UCB thumb drive bring your own thumb drive with your name on it and give it to the director who will then copy the music to the drive for you and then return it to you.
Registered members should write the selection numbers on the front of each piece as will be indicated below or from the Concert Order document that you will also receive. The reason for this is that after the first rehearsal the music will very likely not be worked on in order. This will allow the music to be apportion allowing rehearsal time to be as even as possible. Numbering the selections will make it easier to quickly find what you need during the rehearsal. If we happen to run out of music packets more music will be ordered, and it should arrive within a week to ten days.
Full sample recordings of all the songs on our concert program are available on this website under "Songs We're Singing" and on a sample music CD that will be provided once you have registered. Optionally you may have the music copied to a UCB thumb drive that you must provide. The following is a listing of the songs in concert order of the choir selections.
1. Behold That Star
2. Star of Wonder
3. The First Noel *
4. A Celtic French Carrol He is Born
5. Come and See the Baby
6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7. Hear the Angels
8. Mary Did You Know
9. There’s Still My Joy
10. Patapan Fantasia
11. Five Favorite Holiday Songs
12. It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas *
13. Mistletoe and Holly
14. Rockin’ Holidays
16. Heaven Everywhere
All selections will be directed by the Resident Musical Director Lee Irwin Culbreth or the *Assistant Director George Boyd
NOTICE: We still need a backup accompanist . Please let the music director know if you happen to know of someone that can help out as assistant accompanist.
Need an experienced Violin (Fiddle) player for one of the selections on this program.
Line solo and feature tryouts
Many of the selections on the program have an indicated solo, duet, and small group opportunities. It is not required but highly recommended that these be memorized. These will be filled by people willing to tryout in an audition process and that have been selected by a panel of peer judges. Ideally there will be a primary and a backup for each solo voice part chosen from those who tryout and are given the highest number of votes from the peer judges. Until such time as a selection has been made or if no suitable candidate is selected through the audition process the line solos are to be sung by the appropriate voice section within the choir.
Selections with line solos:
Behold That Star Soprano
Come and See the Baby Solo/Descant
Hear the Angels Descant
Patapan Fantasia Solo
Five Favorite Holiday Songs Bass
Sparklejollytwinklejingley Spoken solo
None selected as of yet
A Feature may be a single voice or any size ensemble of voices and may include special instrumental accompaniment. As with Line Solos, Features will be selected through the audition process. Vocal parts of Features must be fully memorized and concert ready at the time of the audition. Features for this concert will be limited based on the total length of the Feature selections accepted. A Feature must be unique and not a repeat of one of the choral selections or another Feature. It must be in keeping with the Christmas season and not a song being done by the full choir or other Feature. You must sign-up by the deadline to tryout for a feature.
During the weeks prior to the audition for Line Solos any and all that have an interest may sing the solo lines during rehearsal. Apart from that each candidate and in particular those interested in trying out for a Feature is responsible for preparation on their own time. Feature candidates are responsible for arranging time to meet with the primary accompanist or accompanist of your own choosing. Line Soloist are responsible for coordinating time with either the primary or other accompanist to work with them on their Line Solos.
Auditions will be held on the specified date indicated in the schedule of events following a shortened rehearsal. Please note that the auditions frequently go much later than the normal rehearsal ending time. If there are extenuating circumstances that would prevent you from participating in the audition on the indicated date contact the Resident Musical Director in advance for approval to audition on the week following the scheduled audition date. The scheduled audition may possibly be extended into the following week if the audition process begins to run too late. All candidates are judged by a panel of volunteer peer judges. The final decisions for Line Solos will be made by the Director that is conducting that selection on the program and will be based on tally results from peer judges. The decision for Features will be made by the Resident Director and will be based on the results of the peer judges tally sheets within the limits of the allotted time for Features. In some cases a candidate may be tagged by the musical director for a Line Solo that they did not audition for based on their audition results for another Line Solo or in some cases their singing reputation .
Any member of the WCC choir may volunteer to serve as a peer judge except those that will be auditioning. Those trying out for a Line Solo but not a Feature may serve as a peer judge for Feature tryouts only. Likewise anyone trying out for a Feature but not a Line Solo may serve as a peer judge for Line Solos only. Peer judges will be expected to participate for the full session however late that might be to include the extended week if necessary. A tally sheet will be provided to each peer judge. There will be space on the tally sheets to allow you to add notes about each audition that may help you decide later how to rank them. At the very least the peer judge will be expected to rank each candidate for a specific Line Solo as a 1 for the candidate they believe is the best choice, 2 for the second best choice, 3 and so forth for all remaining candidates for the specific Line Solo. For Feature auditions the candidates are expected to be superlative and not just average or worse. In a manner similar to Line Solo auditions rank each Feature candidate as they compare to all other candidates. One final thought on judging the candidates we do not necessarily have to have a Line Solo or a Feature. If you feel a candidate is not outstanding just leave the ranking blank. We are looking for something that will wow or at least impress the audience not just fill a spot just for the sake of filling a spot.